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Composite articles comprising in-situ-polymerisable thermoplastic material and processes for their construction

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National University of Ireland, Galway, Galway (IE)_• EireComposites Teoranta, Spiddal,_ (2008) Composite articles comprising in-situ-polymerisable thermoplastic material and processes for their construction. [Patent]

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Abstract

A process for the manufacture of a composite article is described wherein the process comprises the steps of (i) providing on a tool (22) a fibrous material (14) having associated therewith in at least one region thereof an in-situ polymerisable non- fibrous form of a thermoplastic material; (ii) applying heat and a vacuum to said material; and additionally (iii) drawing into the fibrous material, from a source external to the tool, additional thermoplastic pre-polymer material. The process described is particularly useful for the manufacture of a large composite structure such as thermoplastic composite wind turbine blade, for example.

Item Type:Patent
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Engineering Composites
ID Code:8947
Deposited By:Dr Edward Archer
Deposited On:21 Jan 2010 11:41
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 11:07

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